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Caris Davis
February 12, 2016 03:05 PM

While pregnant Princess Sofia follows her mother-in-law’s advice and relaxes away from the public eye, her husband Prince Carl Philip has been heating things up in the kitchen.

On Thursday, Sweden’s royal dad-in-waiting got out of the palace for a night judging what might be thought of as the ultimate foodie fantasy: choosing the nation’s Chef of the Year.

On the menu were two courses that chefs were given five hours to prepare: the first using halibut and crab; the second Saddle of Roe Deer. The hopefuls were tasked with devising a dish that involved 50 percent vegetable ingredients.

With eight competitors vying for one prize, Prince Carl Philip led a panel of eight judges, drawn from the ranks of international epicureanism and cuisine.

He also placed the gold medal around the neck of the winner, Jimmi Eriksson, from Stockholm’s Little Ego restaurant.

Prince Carl Philip in the jury for the Chef of the Year 2016 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden
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The royal’s delectable itinerary continued Friday with an early morning tour of a coffee plant. Then it was off the races as Sweden’s third in line to the throne was back on familiar ground in V rmland, where the race-loving prince watched the 2016 Swedish Rally.

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The prince, who’s previously competed in the vintage car class event (cancelled this year because of bad weather) told the Swedish newspaper Expressen that he would love to return to racing competitively.

“I’m quite hungry to [return],” he said. “It’s always fun to drive.”

But for the time being, the royal dad-to-be, who like his father, seems to have black oil running in his blue blood, is confined to a more pedestrian role.

“It’s fun to get out into the forest and see it live,” Carl Philip said. “It’ll be great to watch as they whizz by.”

Princess Sofia is expected to give birth in April.

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